Chronic anorectal pain syndromes

L. K. Jacobs, L. E. Smith

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Chronic anal pain is often a result of organic pathology in the pelvis. However, there are several syndromes of chronic anorectal pain that occur without organic pathology. These include coccygodynia, proctalgia fugax, levator syndrome, descending perineum syndrome, perineal neuralgia, and phantom anus. The aim of this article is to illustrate the most common presenting symptoms, diagnostic maneuvers, and treatment options for this difficult, but common, problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-176
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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